Arthur Edeson was a very experienced camera operator when he agreed to do this film. He had an experimental nature and went on to chart new ground in film making with "Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man."
"In Old Arizona" (1928) he made history shooting the first full-length film outdoors. He also experimented with sweeping vistas and wide screen cinematography before others.
Here his whimsical style helps the comedic timing.
August 24, 2010 Subject:
Oldies but goodies
Lillian was cute and a cute movie.
July 2, 2009 Subject:
As opposed to one reviewer, I often give five stars. I judge a movie on one thing---is it truly entertaining. After all, when all is said and done movies are fictitious and have no real value other than entertainment. This may have been silly, but it was truly entertaining.
The C=46 was one of the finest airplanes ever made, but it can't hold a candle to a modern Boeing 777. But the 777 will never have the impact on the world that the C-46 had. A 1933 movie may be great if one considers the knowledge and technology of the time, even though it may look like a B-movie when compared to a modern film.
This was a very entertaining film to me.
May 19, 2009 Subject:
.This is a very enjoyable film.
I rarely give a five star to a film. This one has two great stars Lillian Gish and Roland Young. It is easy to see why Gish became as famous as she did. She is a most attractive lady with a radiantly charming and engaging presence.
The film is engaging in its plot also. I must say I watch it over and over again. There aren't too many of those in this collection.
February 17, 2006 Subject:
Mostly implausible characters and premise, but still a charming movie. And how often do you get to HEAR Lillian Gish? She's great as the completely unflappable girl. The court room sequence at the end is quite odd.
And it all ends too quickly.
July 5, 2005 Subject:
The Great Pretender
A recluse who has no fun in life...yet is a very famous artist. Most people have never seen him. His faithful servant dies and during all the confusion he is mistaken for the servant. News goes out to the whole world that he (the painter) is dead.
The artist didn't know that the servant was to be meeting a girl for the first time at the very same hotel that the artist was going to be staying at.
They fall in love. They marry. Now, to support his new wife...he begins to paint. At first everyone thought it was the servants style (to paint like the artist he once worked so closely with).